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Fish & Wildlife

Shurb Grassland

The shrub grassland is home to a variety of wildlife species. Some of these animals are year-round residents like the pygmy rabbit, while others are seasonal visitors such as the sage thrasher that migrates south for the winter. Wildlife species listed on this page were selected because of the adaptations that help them survive in a shrub grassland environment. Click on the images below to view the Animal Field Guide.

Shrub Grassland Mammals

The shrub grasslands provide critical habitat and food for many wildlife species. Large ungulates depend on the nutritional sage leaves and feed on these plants in the winter. Smaller mammals are also dependent on sagebrush for shelter from predators and the climate.

Mule Deer

Mule Deer

Pronghorn Antelope

Angelope

Pygmy Rabbit

Pygmy Rabbit

White-tailed Jack Rabbit

White-Tailed Jack Rabbit

Least Chipmunk

Least Chipmunk
Shrub Grassland Birds

Birds that live in the sagebrush are dependent on the sage for cover as it provides a canopy above the ground. Some birds like the greater sage-grouse depend on sagebrush for food and shelter in the winter.

Greater Sage-Grouse

Greater Sage-Grouse

Brewer's Sparrow

Brewer's Sparrow

Loggerhead Shrike

Loggerhead Shrike

Sage Thrasher

Sage Thrasher

Western Meadowlark

Western Meadowlark

Lark Bunting

Lark Bunting

Song Sparrow

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Vesper Sparrow

Vesper Sparrow
Shrub Grassland Herps (Amphibians and Reptiles)

The common sagebrush lizard depends on sagebrush for habitat. The branches and leaves of these shrubby plants not only shade the ground but also provide these lizards and other animals with protection from predators, hot summer days, and a place to hunt for prey.

Greater Short-horned Lizard

Short Horned Lizard

Gopher Snake

Gopher Snake

Northern Leopard Frog

Northern Leopard Frog

Common Sagebrush Lizard

Common Sagebrush Lizard
Shrub Grassland Fish

Shrub grasslands- the waters of this ecosystem start in the cold water valleys of the high elevation shrublands and extend to the warm waters of the shrub grasslands found in the eastern part of the state. This large area includes most of the fish found in Montana. Below are featured a few native species that aren't as well known but are interesting to learn about.

Pearl Dace

Pearl Dace

Mountain Sucker

Mountain Sucker

Stonecat

Stonecat